I've grown tired of the gritty, grainy images of desaturated sport fighters in (LFI) magazines I frequently see.
Outside of their arenas, I found those who fight for fun have a sense of grace not often on display.
They also have deep moments of reflection on their sport.
Perhaps that was just their warm-up routines.
All participants in this series are authentic athletes.
Well, maybe not all. Headshot photographer Nick Gregan saw me testing the lighting and asked if I would pose for his vintage sports series as a boxer.
Having advised him I am not of a typical boxer build, I agreed to pose for the shoot. Nick hired the outfit for an early Edwardian street figher.
As a photographer, being on the other side of the camera was educational and refreshing.